JOHOR BAHRU, Johor state, Malaysia AA total of 106 Indonesian illegal immigrants were rescued when the boat they were travelling in, capsized about a nautical mile north of the Abu Bakar Maritime Base, Middle Rocks near Batu Putih Island early yesterday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Southern Region Maritime Deputy Director (Operations), Maritime Capt Sanifah Yusof in a statement today, said the immigrants were rescued by the Singaporean authorities about 3.30am.

She said the incident occurred when the Indonesians were believed to have been out of the waters off east Johor and enroute to Indonesia.

Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, 15 local fishermen were arrested by the authorities when they tested positive for ganja and syabu during an integrated operation carried out by the Batu Pahat MMEA Maritime Base and the Johor branch of the National Anti-Drugs Agency here.

In a statement, Maritime base director, Maritime Lieutenant Commander Muhammad Zulkarnain Abdullah said the nine-hour operation began at 9pm yesterday, in the waters off Muar.

Source: NAM News Network